Liberal senators to vote against anti-terror bill Trudeau su

Liberal senators to vote against anti-terror bill Trudeau su

Postby Oscar » Thu May 14, 2015 7:48 am

Liberal senators to vote against anti-terror bill Trudeau supported

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GLORIA GALLOWAY OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, May. 12 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, May. 12 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

Justin Trudeau cut ties to the Liberals in the Senate last year, declaring them free to act as independents. Now they are flexing that muscle.

Many, if not all, of the members of the Senate Liberal caucus will vote against the Conservative government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill, C-51, which Mr. Trudeau and the other Liberal MPs supported last week when it was passed in the House of Commons.

The public safety minister came under opposition criticism after a video emerged of a former Ottawa man calling for attacks on Canadians. Steven Blaney says new tools are needed to help stop terrorists.

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“We are not part of their caucus,” James Cowan, the leader of the Liberal opposition in the Senate, said Tuesday. “Mr. Trudeau speaks for the Liberal Party of Canada. We don’t speak for the Liberal Party of Canada. We don’t speak for the Liberal caucus. We are senators, we are independent, and we make our own decisions.”

Many traditional Liberal supporters were angry when Mr. Trudeau and Liberal MPs voted in favour of the Conservative proposals for tackling terrorism. Some people, who argued the bill will violate civil liberties, posted on Twitter with photos of Liberal membership cards being cut in half.

And the Liberal Leader, himself, was not wholly in favour of the bill, which would give police new powers of preventative arrest, provide spy agencies with new abilities to disrupt threats, broaden the scope of the no-fly list, ease the transfer of information between some federal agencies, and criminalize the promotion of a terrorist attack.

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